Many midsized to large companies manage complex IT environments that contain business systems encompassing multiple departments and projects. Such enterprises often face rapid changes and growth in information and communications technology (ICT) resources, culminating in serious operational inefficiencies.
A case study from NEC looks at a midsized trading company that markets imported construction materials. A growing number of subsidiaries and group companies use these materials. As a result, management of the company’s ICT systems had become increasingly difficult. The company faced three major challenges:
- The IT department could no longer effectively manage the operations of a systems environment that included a large number of internal departments, projects, and group companies.
- Because of the time necessary to modify network settings, IT needed at least a week to provision new ICT resources.
- Detecting the locations of failures and performing quick troubleshooting had become very hard due to the growing complexity of the ICT systems.
The company had built a private cloud at its data center and had implemented virtual servers. However, it was still manually applying network settings. Therefore, the introduction of new ICT resources required extensive network modification. The firm was forced to ask its network vendors to send trained technicians to handle the network’s change management activities.
Management workloads increased, IT costs skyrocketed, and the provision of ICT systems took longer and longer. How could the company achieve integrated and centralized control of virtual servers and virtual networks, as well as leverage automation?
This case study looks at how NEC‘s ProgrammableFlow SDN Automation solved these issues by integrating virtual network control and automating controls. The solution enables systems administrators to easily set up virtual networks using ProgrammableFlow’s intuitive, drag and drop GUI, and new settings are then automatically applied to physical and virtual switches. The result is a substantial reduction in management workload and operational costs.
Read the case study to learn more about how NEC’s Software-defined Networking Automation Solution links ICT resources with monitored failure data, allowing the automatic execution of predefined policies. This enables the automation of initial failure response, which reduces the average time required to implement system changes and updates.